October 6, 2016 at 4:24 pm #1201932557
Premieres on HBO on Sunday, October 9, 2016 @ 1o PM ET.
Middling 62 on Metacritic with 18 reviews.October 7, 2016 at 7:10 am #1201933030
Premiere is out early not for subs!October 7, 2016 at 7:50 am #1201933035
Glad SJP is back on HBO.October 8, 2016 at 8:10 am #1201933298
I’ll be watching. I just hope not to see the iconic Carrie Bradshaw re-incarnated….October 8, 2016 at 7:32 pm #1201933388
I watched the Divorce series premiere today and found it quite entertaining. The core group of actors (Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon, Tracy Letts, and Talia Balsam – for the first episode at least) are all very good in their roles. Make no mistake, though, that almost all of these characters appear to be very unlikeable and long stretches of the episode are certainly more dramatic than comedic. I’d say I laughed more than I expected to based on how dark the reviews painted the series, but I could understand how things will only get heavier from this episode onward for a stretch before we see some significant lightening of the emotional load.
Pilots are usually great submissions for actors at the Emmys, but I don’t think this would do very much for Sarah Jessica Parker because she doesn’t get much comedic material in this episode at all, though I do give her kudos for anchoring the proceedings very well. If Molly Shannon has decent screen time throughout this first season and accumulates some strong buzz, I’d say she’d have a decent shot at a nomination in Supporting Actress. Based on this episode, it’s a flashy performance that would feel very much at home with recent nominees in that category. She’s got a big scene in the premiere that could play well with Emmy voters, too, although again it veers more into dramatic material than comedic. I’d love to see Thomas Haden Church nominated, because we know Lead Actor needs some significant revamping and he delivered most if not all of the genuine laughs in the premiere. I love Tracy Letts, but he doesn’t have enough yet to warrant being in the awards conversation. Sharon Horgan could definitely get into Writing with this high-profile pilot episode, and we know they like her from this year’s Catastrophe nomination.
Overall, a promising start to the series. I’ll definitely stick with it!
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.October 8, 2016 at 7:56 pm #1201933391
Thoroughly enjoyable pilot! Sarah’s back!October 8, 2016 at 10:16 pm #1201933400
Episode Title: “Pilot”
Synopsis: Frances and Robert, a middle-aged couple in the suburbs of New York City, try to figure out if their marriage is worth saving after a shocking event at their friend Diane’s 50th birthday party makes them take a hard look at their own lives.
Discuss.October 9, 2016 at 5:19 pm #1201933572
I really, really liked the premiere. I’m still deciphering the tone, I’m sure it will take a couple of episodes to pin down, but the show is so promising. I’d watch SJP in anything.October 9, 2016 at 11:44 pm #1201933616
This really just is HBO’s mainstream and high profile replacement to Togetherness, a show that compared to this pilot, was far more sincere. The actors, whose pedigree might turn this into a small hit for a couple of seasons, also didn’t do anything for me, especially Church. We’ll see where it goes from here.
It could win a couple of Globes, but I’m already highly skeptical of its Emmy chances aside from one or two acting nominations. Even the writing I think will get snubbed – it’s no Catastrophe. As for Comedy Series, can HBO get three in? I don’t see Veep or Silicon Valley getting the shaft, and this is not a) funny or b) socially relevant (like Transparent). Bourgeois problems that seem like a tv adaptation of a late Meryl movie don’t seem like the TV Academy’s cup of tea.October 10, 2016 at 5:35 am #1201933691
This isn’t good. Parker deserves better material. Church outclasses the whole production.October 10, 2016 at 9:23 am #1201933789
It deserves better than the 60 that it has on Metacritic and I am not really sure where that is coming from, but we should be wary of anything that is so poorly reviewed. With so many options, the Emmys even rejected Billions with its 69. I think that all that it can hope for are nominations for casting, contemporary costumes, Sarah Jessica Parker and maybe some combination of Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon and Jemaine Clement.October 10, 2016 at 7:11 pm #1201933990
Liked both the premise and overall direction. “War of the Roses,” HBO style! Here for it! A bit more downbeat than I hoped for, but it’s certainly high quality and doesn’t merit a critical drubbing. This is a collection of actors that I want to continue seeing more of (like Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam, and Tracy Letts). Sarah Jessica Parker is always so present, and this is no different. I’ve missed her on television dearly after her iconic Carrie Bradshaw. Ready for a new Emmy run for my girl! Thomas Haden Church tho, ugh. I thought I was done seeing him in things after “Sideways,” and here he is again doing that off-putting schtick that he always does, like he can only exist operating in one obnoxious mode in any character he inhabits. He sticks out like a sore thumb in this line-up. I think I could actually buy Parker with Jemaine Clement more, and I’m assuming that his isn’t a long-term role. Anyways, engaging pilot, so good going there.October 11, 2016 at 5:39 am #1201934103
I liked it.
FYC – Molly Shannon for Oustanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesOctober 11, 2016 at 9:26 am #1201934188
This was really unexpectedly fantastic. Sarah Jessica Parker and Molly Shannon were both brilliant. One of the best new comedy dramas in quite a while for me.